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green PCAn energy-saving PC. All modern computers, printers and monitors are greener than their predecessors. After a certain period of time, they switch into low-voltage modes or turn off, although these settings are often user definable. Laser printers especially waste a lot of energy when not in use, because of their heat-induced fusing mechanism.
Contemporary CPUs often run at variable clock rates and can idle at lower speeds to save electricity. When required, they ramp up to full power. See green.
|The Green Ghost|
|Years back, this device was used to turn older laser printers off after a specified period of inactivity. As soon as the data reached the print spooler, the printer turned on and warmed up. (Image courtesy of Intelligent Computer Solutions.)|